Jessica Faith Wishard (left to right), Kailey Mathis and Brittany McGee are the 2016-17 GRAMMY U officers.

GRAMMY U officers elected for 2016-17

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Officers for the GRAMMY U chapter at Delta State University have been elected for the 2016-17 year.

Kailey Mathis, a junior entertainment industry studies major from Madison, Mississippi, was elected as this year’s president. Jessica Faith Wishard of Monticello, Arkansas will serve as vice president. Brittany McGee of Ecru, Mississippi will serve as secretary/treasurer.

GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17-25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from the technology to the tracks themselves. Events are scheduled throughout the semester to give members a wide variety of experiences and professional development. Because GRAMMY U is part of The Recording Academy, members have extraordinary access to the industry and its artists.

In setting the vision for this year’s group, Mathis said, “ I hope to see our current and new members participate more within our chapter and in our community. A big thing we want to implement this year is group service projects around the community. We are planning some projects to help local charities, sing at the nursing homes, and also make efforts to help clean the Delta State campus and some streets in Cleveland.”

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

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B.E.E.P to host annual walk-a-thon

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To kick off October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Delta State University’s B.E.E.P (Breast Education & Early-detection Project) and the College of Education and Human Science’s Outdoor Recreation Program are teaming up to fight breast cancer with their third annual walk-a-thon.

The event takes place Oct. 5 from 3-6 p.m. at the Delta State Fitness Trail, located on Maple Street across from Facilities Management. Participants are welcome to come and go during the schedule.

Funds will be raised to help provide mammograms and education for women in need. Donations will be accepted, and participants are encouraged to walk or jog as long as they can.

For more information, contact Gail Bailey, B.E.E.P. coordinator, at 662-207-0262 or gbailey@deltastate.edu, or Todd Davis, director of Outdoor Recreation, at 662-846-4570 or tdavis@deltastate.edu.

Delta State will host a series of grand re-opening showings of the Roy L. and Clara Belle Wiley Planetarium in October.

Planetarium to host grand re-opening showings

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The Roy L. and Clara Belle Wiley Planetarium at Delta State, housed in the Caylor-White-Walters complex, will celebrate a grand re-opening after major renovations to the facility were completed this summer.

The planetarium was founded in 1976 and named for Roy Lee Wiley and his wife Clara Belle Wiley. Roy taught Physics at Delta State from 1942-1975.

On Oct. 9, a private showing for distinguished guests will honor the Wiley family for their commitment to the university and planetarium.

The public will have opportunities to view the facility with a 6 p.m. showing on Oct. 12, a 4 p.m. showing (geared toward children) and a 6 p.m. showing on Oct. 14, and finally, a 1 p.m. showing on Oct. 15 before Delta State’s Homecoming kickoff. Tickets for these shows will be $5 per person and may be purchased at the door with cash or check.

Recent upgrades to the facility were a big part of the $18 million overhaul at Delta State’s science and math building. Renovations on the entire building are nearing completion.

The planetarium is used for university astronomy classes and also presents special programs for schools and the general public.

In addition to its new seats, carpet and other amenities, the renovation also included the installation of the dual projector Digistar 5 planetarium system from Evans and Sutherland, and the professional quality 5.1 surround-sound system from Bowen Technovation.

The system not only allows users to move their view of the stars back and forth through time, but it also lets users fly through the solar system to the other planets. As a bonus, it also turns the planetarium into a 3-D digital theater.

“The astronomy classes will of course use the planetarium, but one long-term goal is to use the planetarium as an instructional tool for other subjects,” said Dr. James Gerald, assistant professor of physics. “Dr. Adam Johanson helped a student with a project this summer to build 3-D models of molecules and display them on the dome. The priority of the planetarium will be teaching astronomy, but we will also have public outreach through shows. We look forward to collaborating with other departments across campus to create new content, and watch for us to start having more shows for the public. This will help us broaden the educational mission of the planetarium.”

Johanson, an assistant professor of physics, is looking forward to using the planetarium to inspire people of all ages.

“Most people have had a fascination with astronomy sometime in their life, particularly as little children,” said Johanson. “We hope that all will rediscover that child-like wonder as they experience the awe and majesty of the cosmos in the immersive environment at the Wiley Planetarium.”

The planetarium will soon have its own website as public programming, and shows will begin to ramp up.

For more information, email planetarium@deltastate.edu.

DSU Day brought in 170 future Statesmen prior to this year's Pig Pickin' festivities.

DSU Day attracts large number of recruits

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The recruiting staff at Delta State University continues to work hard at shining light on the institution’s top-notch opportunities.

Their efforts were on display at DSU Day, a major recruiting event on campus that kicked off prior to this year’s Pig Pickin’ festivities.

On the heels of a three-year enrollment increase at Delta State, campus representatives welcomed 170 future Statesmen, along with over 130 additional guests to the first campus preview day of the year.

To begin DSU Day, faculty and staff from approximately 30 academic and student-related departments spoke with guests at an academic fair.

In the courtyard next to the legendary Margaret Wade statue, students heard from campus leaders including President William N. LaForge, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Charles McAdams, Chief of Police Lynn Buford and Student Government President Allie Rose Parker.

A group of student recruiters known as the Delta Diplomats and faculty members guided tours around campus. Stops included the H.L. Nowell Student Union, Roberts-LaForge Library, Foundation Hall, Wyatt Gymnasium and the recently remodeled Roy L. and Clara Belle Wiley Planetarium.

Students were informed about the admissions process and financial opportunities before participating in Pig Pickin’ activities and attending the Statesmen football game.

According to Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, feedback from participants has been positive, and the staff is looking forward to working with each student on enrollment.

“DSU Day provides an opportunity for the students to see themselves as a Statesman. They get to breathe Delta State air and experience campus first-hand,” said Thompson. “The attendance numbers for this year are encouraging and exciting. The more students that we can bring to campus, the better. The personal connections that incoming students will make with students, staff and faculty are will help make their transition to Delta State easy. Our green and white community guides students on a daily basis to a successful life after college completion. Excellent programming coupled with affordability make up the duo of diligence that Delta State maintains.”

Among many other efforts to attract future Statesmen, recruiters are attending college fairs, holding campus visits at high schools and community colleges, meeting with counselors, and communicating with prospective students. Delta Diplomats are guiding multiple tours of campus on a daily basis.

Like previous years, President LaForge is visiting students in their schools to speak about opportunities at Delta State. This effort continues as part of the recently-branded Student To Statesman tour.

The Delta State community continues to provide support throughout the year to recruit new students through many methods, including academic representation, communication with prospective students and quality programming.

For more information on the admission process, scholarships, or to get in touch with a recruiter, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions, or call 662-846-4020.

The international student body at Delta State has doubled in three years.

International student body sees major growth

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In a span of just three years, Delta State University has seen a dramatic uptick in the number of international students attending the institution.

According to Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center and International Student Services, there are 129 international students attending this fall, doubling the amount enrolled three years ago. Additionally, Delta State is sponsoring 14 post-graduate internships, which brings this semester’s international student enrollment to 143 students.

“It’s so gratifying to see how quickly our international student population is growing,” Riddle said. “International students bring additional perspectives and diversity to campus, and we look forward to their contributions across campus. We look forward to even more international students in the years to come.”

According to Riddle, another success story is the current retention rate of 96 percent for international students, a figure of pride for Riddle and her staff.

Elise Mallette, coordinator of International Student Services, is also thrilled with the rise of students coming from abroad.

“Most of our students will probably never have the opportunity to travel to other countries or experience other cultures firsthand,” said Mallette. “Our international students allow all of us, not just our students, to learn about other cultures, life outside of the American norm, and broaden our prospective without having to leave the comforts of Cleveland.

“By increasing enrollment this semester, we now have 50 countries represented on campus compared to 39 last semester. In just one semester we have 11 new cultures right here at our doorstep. The more students we bring to campus, the more we can learn and appreciate other cultures.”

Delta State University President William N. LaForge, who has experience teaching at a number of institutions abroad, has long made it a priority to boost the international presence on campus. He has also spearheaded efforts for Delta State students to study abroad, which has led to cultural exchange trips in Russia and Poland.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the increase in the number of international students at Delta State,” said LaForge. “It’s incredibly exciting to have 50 countries represented here. Our international students add a terrific dynamic to this campus as they bring their cultures and experiences from other parts of the world to our Delta State family.”

To learn more about International Student Services and the Student Success Center at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/student-success-center/international-student-services.